National Trust for Scotland Gift Membership

 

 

The National Trust for Scotland cares for ancient houses, castles, mills, gardens and battlefields.  It also protects and shares some of the most beautiful places in Scotland, including coastlines, islands and mountain ranges.  And it looks after the communities, plants and animals which depend on them.

The Trust conserves 76,000 hectares of countryside from Wester Ross to Ayshire and is a custodian of 38 gardens, 8 national nature reserves and 27 castles and houses.  It works hard to conserve Scotland's beautiful places, even in the winter months!  There's lots to see and do!

The National Trust for Scotland has a handy winter guide to help you plan your visits!
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The National Trust for Scotland has a handy winter guide to help you plan your visits! There's nothing like a good walk in the autumn or winter and then heading into a cosy tea-room for something refreshing to devour!  

The guide lists the places by region and all you need to do is to click on each place to find out opening times and days as well as planned Christmas closures.  Winter opening runs from late October/early November until March 2024.  Fly away to see the list here.

Culzean Castle, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, the Glencoe National Nature Reserve, St Kilda, Mar Lodge National Nature Reserve, Culloden, Bannockburn and Ben Lomond are all cared for by the National Trust for Scotland.  And giving a membership is a great way to help the Trust and support its work!   As an example, Glasgow's Pollok House is closing in November 2023 for about two years to allow for restoration work to be done.

So there’s a great range of things to do for members, from being with the sounds and sight of the sea and birds on the coastlines and islands, to contemplating historical events or getting an insight into the daily lives of our predecessors in places such as Culloden and finding out about the life of Scottish people and famous folk such as Robert Burns..  

And the National Trust for Scotland is very busy helping nature and conservation, too!  


Benefits of the National Trust for Scotland's membership scheme

There are over 100 places to visit, 100,000 places to admire, 76,000 hecteres of countryside to explore, 8 national nature reserves to experience, and 300,000 precious objects to discover!  Treat someone to a year of experiences and discovery and help protect Scotland's beautiful places at the same time!  Memberships start from £4.65 a month. 

  • Access to all Trust places - Free entry to National Trust for Scotland places - there are over 100 places to explore across Scotland with castles, coastlines, art, architecture, wilderness and wildlife! 
  • Gift membership includes free parking in the Trust-owned car parks, perfect for exploring Scotland’s countryside and enjoying the vast network of paths and walks at our outdoor places.
  • A subscription to the Trust's award-winning magazine, 3 times a year with stories, ideas for days out and news.  You also receive a copy of the Guide each year, giving details of all the places in the Trust's care as well as two car parking stickers
  • Exclusive member events, activities and news 
  • Access to places cared for by National Trust organisations around the world with the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO). This includes National Trust properties in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Australia and more.
  • The knowledge your support helps the National Trust protect the places in its care, funding vital conservation work for future generations and everyone now.  

There are various memberships, such as Individual, Joint and Young, Family and Life, startting from £4.85 a month.

There's lots of fun to be had at the National Trust for Scotland's special places!  And lots of exploring and discovering to do!

There are Easter Egg Trails 2024 at 36 National Trust for Scotland properties
There are Easter Egg Trails 2024 at 36 National Trust for Scotland properties - fun for every bunny!!
Make this an egg-cellent Easter!

 Even if you don't live in Scotland, you can have a go at these recipes for Easter from the National Trust for Scotland.
Even if you don't live in Scotland, you can have a go at these recipes for Easter from the National Trust for Scotland!


What were the highlights for the National Trust for Scotland in 2023?

The National Trust for Scotland had an amazing year in 2023.  Just some of their highlights included

  • Over 400km of mountain footpaths were repaired and protected, thanks to the efforts of the Trust’s upland footpaths team and the support of donors giving to the Trust’s Footpaths Fund
  • Cal Major became the Trust’s ambassador, helping to raise awareness of the charity’s conservation work, particularly with the coastlines, islands and marine environments that the Trust cares for
  • At St Abb’ Head, a record breaking biodiversity monitoring took place – over 300 species of floral, fauna and wildlife were documented in just ONE day!  This was thanks to the considerable effort of rangers and local people.  You can hear journalist and broadcaster Jackie Bird talk with Head Ranger Ciaran Hatsell to find out how the seal pups signal the wider health of the local system on the National Trust for Scotland’s Love Scotland podcast (episode 7) 

Find out about St Abb's Head
Find out about St Abb's Head 

  • The Trust welcomed 3.2 million visitors to its places.  They must have been hungry – the Trust served 325,000 scones and 91,000 bowls of soup!
  • The Trust finished the second phase of its PLANTS Project, with another 17 gardens and 32,000 plants audited.  This included a rare rhododendron which had been planted before the First World War!  Find out about the PLANTS project here.  


Find out about the PLANTS project here
Find out about the PLANTS project here

  • In August 2023, the Trust celebrated 30 years of having an in-house archaeology team – this has enabled it to delve more deeply into the stories of times past, both natural and built places
  • And there have been 3 exciting films played on television, cinemas and national radio, starring Culzean Castle, Kellie Castle and the Hermitage

None of this is possible without the hard work of those working for the Trust and all its supporters, be they volunteers, the local community and donors.  And members play a crucial role in supporting all this work, so why not join in the effort and give a gift membership to the National Trust for Scotland or join yourself?  Or why not give a gift membership to the Trust’s ROOTS scheme and support their work?

But what does the National Trust for Scotland do in winter? 

Does the work stop?  Well, take a look at this Behind the Scenes in Winter video at Threave Nature Reserve to see what goes on - it's a great snapshot of what's happening!  And there's one of the Greenbank Garden too!  Fly over to the National Trust for Scotland's website to see the winter events taking place.

Looking forward, don’t forget it’s Burns Night on the 25th January – find out all about it here and join in the efforts to commemorate Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poets.

Want to do the Route 500 (or, the NC500)?  It goes around the beautiful northern coastline of Scotland, and the National Trust for Scotland has some great ideas of things to do and see on the North Coast 500 such as the Falls of Glomach, pictured left below.  There are beautiful beaches and villages to explore along the way, such as Plockton Village in the Highlands, pictured right. There are also beautiful beaches and villages to explore along the way!
Plockton Village is in the Highlands

Ben Lomond.... just absolutely stunning with spectactular views from the summit

Ben Lomond.... just absolutely stunning with spectactular views from the summit.

These places give us the chance to discover the stories of Scotland and the Scottish people and how the country has interacted with the wider world.  

Help protect Scotland’s heritage for future generations to enjoy

Give a Gift Membership to the National Trust for Scotland here 

For garden lovers, what about giving a ROOTS subscription?  

Recipients receive a ROOTS pack every six weeks with gardening gifts, stories about Scotland's plant life and tips from the Trust's expert gardeners.  And six times a year, they'll receive a pack of Scottish seeds to plant in their garden!  There's a gift certificate, and the knowlege that subscriptions help the Trust care for the stunning gardens in their care. For £6 a month. Find more here. 

For garden lovers, what about giving a ROOTS subscription?

The National Trust for Scotland has got a wide range of gifts for all the family, including clothing (socks, hats, scarves for warmth), food and drink, gift hampers, eco-friendly gifts, and gifts inspired by their places.  

The Pinewood Conservation Gin 50cl is made with botanicals foraged from the wild heart of the Cairngorms.
The Pinewood Conservation Gin 50cl is made with botanicals foraged from the wild heart of the Cairngorms.
For £32.00 from the National Trust for Scotland.